A lovely little secluded resort. We have just returned from a week's stay with an 8 and 5 year old. Phil is very welcoming and accommodating. Nothing is too much trouble. Emma ran a fantastic kids club every morning with well thought through activities that could engage all ages at the same time. She also ran fantastic personal fitness classes and gave a lovely relaxing free massage. The bar area was very welcoming. We stayed in Aigrette apartment which had air conditioning in the bedrooms that was very welcome. The main area of the apartment stayed cool enough as it has a high ceiling. It was nice for the children to have other children around them to play with if they wanted. It was well organised and very friendly. We could easily have stayed longer and hope to return. We miss it already!
So we are a busy family of five, with three little girls aged 4, 2 and 1. The last thing we needed was for our holiday to end up even a bigger job than our typical day - Imagine Rousillion delivered..... Not only is the property a high end facility with spacious accommodation, modern decor, air con, 3 pools, jacuzzi, children's playground, zip wire, french bowls, mini golf, table tennis, gym, centerpiece 'Honesty Bar' area - all surrounded by beautifully kept garden features, Imagine brings its own piece of French History being situated right bang in the middle of a real life working vineyard. The story of how the owners found and developed this place leaves you with a sense of real personal ambition, and culture, as you go about your daily routine at Imagine. Safe, exclusive and ideal for you and the little ones, to make a home away from home. So much so we spent most our 10 days at Imagine with the Kids Club, Pizza nights, Cinema room and Babysitting service all there to help you, the Parent (often the forgotten one) also enjoy this time off. The resort of Canet is very beautiful and just 6 mins away, providing all your family needs for shopping, beach fun, and eating out. The owners, Phil & Emma, live on site with their own young family and are always there for you when needed ! We met some fantastic people and our kids made some genuine friends..... Value for your spend? Yes....Will we go back? Yes...Should you go? Absolutely. (Joey & Lin, Galway, Ireland)
Our family of 3 adults and 2 children (2yrs & 4yrs) had a fantastic fortnight holiday at Imagine Rousillon. This was a return visit having spent 2 weeks last summer and I can confirm that Imagine continued to live up to all the wonderful memories of our 2015 holiday and surpass them. We stayed in the 4 bedroom Villa Flamant Rose which met all of our needs. It was lovely and spacious to accommodate all of us comfortably. This accommodation very much had a home away from home feel with high quality beds & bathrooms & a very generous sized kitchen diner area. The boys were very happy with their bedroom & were hugely excited about the age appropriate toys provided. The boys were very excited every morning to get to the wonderful Susanne at Kids club which was really only a few short steps from our front door. Our 4 year old threw himself into the spirit of kids club & participated in arts & craft activities & outdoor games at the playground or on the trampoline. Our 2 year old needed to be supervised by a parent but this could easily be done while sitting at the outside bar located immediately adjacent to the kids club play cave where all the wonderful toys are kept. Many a pleasant morning was passed reading books sitting at the bar while my toddler played away with train sets & building blocks.
What sets Imagine apart from other similar offerings is the additional services offered and the personal touch from the wonderful duo that is Phil & Emma. My husband, my sister in law & I benefited greatly from the personal training sessions with Emma whether it was cardio or Pilates or dynamic stretching she is a guru on all things personal fitness. We also benefited from her magic hands & availed of her infamous hot stone massage which I would highly recommend. Phil is a master of all trades, anything you could possibly need Phil will fix or make happen while remaining consistently up beat smiling & friendly. Together Phil & Emma ensure all your needs are met throughout your holiday.
The additional benefits of 2 catered meals onsite at the outside bar area per week & 2 nights babysitting per week meant that I definitely felt like I was having a holiday & wasn't preparing evening meals every night.
Imagine is the perfect holiday location for all the family. The kids stay safe & are occupied perfectly with kids club, the play facilities & the onsite heated pool. The adults get to relax during the mornings during kids club, get an opportunity to exercise & be pampered, get the opportunity to eat some delicious prepared food. We love it and are already planning our return for July 2017!
We are a family of 4, two boys ages 8 and 3. Going to imagine roussillon is a trip both you and your kids will enjoy equally. As soon as we entered the gates we could see that we made the right choice. Phil and Emma will treat you like family, and our boys became best friends with their kids.
Our 3 bedroom apartment was spacious and had everything you could need, including any baby equipment and even toys. It was cleaned twice while we were there which was an added bonus.
Our kids couldn't wait to get to kids club every morning- so as soon as got them dressed they would basically disappear for 2 hours, while we enjoyed our coffee and chocolate croissants everyday ( delivered in the breakfast basket each morning) in peace. That alone is worth it. Plus our kids fell in love with the babysitter ( Alex we love you) which just made things even easier.
Then let's not forget we are in the south of France and there are many areas to explore- from the many beaches ( which our boys loved) to the adorable little towns such as coulliere and villefranche de confluent, or costa brava in Spain only about an hour or so away. There are an unlimited number of wineries to taste some incredible wines. And the restaurants we dined at, both with and without the kids ( thank you for the 2 nights of included babysitting) were just fantastic. I have never eaten so much foie gras in so many wonderful and different preparations before. One evening coming back from the caves near the Pyrenees we even stopped to see a true French circus.
On the other hand if you choose to just relax and stay at the property they have a nice salt water pool. Emma offers Pilates classes every morning and they have a gym with some equipment. They even have a outdoor jacuzzi ( which we did not get a chance to try), that you could jump into after the kids are asleep ( you will have baby monitors if you need).
2 of the nights they cooked dinner for us and we got to eat with all the adults staying at the property, while the kids were downstairs eating and being entertained at kids club. They served a very nice 3 course meal with some phenomenal local wines ( thanks for introducing us to Banyuls dessert wine- oh so good!).
It was just a perfect combination of family vacation, but some adult time. And we loved that we were one of only a total of 4 families that could be staying there ( it felt like we had our own little villa in France, but then could socialize a bit with some like minded families as well)
We cannot say enough about our hosts ( Phil even picked up some bubble wrap for us one day when he heard we had some fragile items to take back home) and you know they know how to cater to families with children since they have their own.
We cannot wait to return one day soon and now you can see why it's a secret I did not really want to share.
Most parents of small children would probably agree that the words "family" and "holiday" don't always sit comfortably in the same sentence, but at Imagine Roussillon they most certainly do! Phil and Emma have thought of everything to ensure that, not only do the kids have a holiday to remember, but their parents feel like they have had some hard-earned rest and relaxation too.
We were two families (with four children between the ages of 5 and 2) staying in Villa Flamant Rose (a spacious and well-equipped 4-bedroom villa) in mid-August. The kids club was a godsend, if we weren't out for the day at the beach (Canet Plage is a very accessible long sandy beach) or sightseeing (Carcasonne, Collioure, Figueres), the children were dying for the bell to ring, which was their signal to race off and see what activities Alex and her assistants had in store for them in the barn or the outdoor play area (with trampoline, slide and zip wire) - and our cue to get down to some relaxing Pilates with Emma (who went out of her way to devise exercises to fix my bad back), head to the pool for a peaceful swim or simply doze in the hammock with a book.
The babysitters (same staff as the kids club) were brilliant and we headed to Canet and Perpignan for two fantastic evening meals safe in the knowledge that the children would be fine. Add to that the two tasty evening meals that Emma and Phil prepare and host on their roof terrace (complete with local wine) and there are only a couple of evenings left that needed to be catered for at which point the BBQ (or the pizza van at the end of the road!) came into their own.
Phil and Emma couldn't have been more accommodating and we all came away feeling like they had had a family holiday in every sense!